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Empty Properties: Making the Most of the Existing Stock


Key Information Issue 9

Empty Properties: Making the Most of the Existing Stock


Wasted homes have obvious consequences for people in housing need. With over 80,000 households on local authority waiting lists and the credit crisis reducing the opportunities to provide much needed affordable housing in Wales, thousands of properties that could significantly contribute to housing need continue to lie empty and blight communities across the country.  At least 26,000 homes in private hands have been empty for over six month in Wales, with this number likely to rise significantly. At the same time, repossessions are rising and people are struggling more than ever to find affordable housing.

This briefing:

  • Sets out the policy context for empty properties in Wales
  • Provides a brief  overview of the legislation relating to empty homes
  • Highlights a range of positive and innovative practice being undertaken by local authorities in Wales in attempting to bring empty properties back into use
  • Provides a list a practical resources and where to find further information



Welsh Language

Click here for a welsh language version of Empty Properties: Making the Most of the Existing Stock


Victoria Hiscocks

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